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From Middle English beclepen, bicleopien, from Old English beclipian, becleopian (to accuse, summon, challenge, sue at law), equivalent to be- +‎ clepe.


beclepe (third-person singular simple present beclepes, present participle becleping, simple past and past participle beclept or becleped)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To complain against; indict; accuse.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To call upon; address; accost.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To address as; call; name.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To summon to a higher court; appeal.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To appeal against; object to; disapprove.